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Wagging Tails Pet Sitting & Mobile Pet Grooming Service LLC
(860) 621-7387
Southington, CT
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, House Sitting, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow South Windsor
(860) 372-1822
South Windsor, CT
Services
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Doggie Day Care, Dog Training, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Groomin N Roomin Kennels, LLC
(860) 346-1242
130 Meriden Road
Middlefield, CT

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K9 Cottage llc
(860) 747-4626
452 East St.
Plainville, CT
Description
Groomers Lynn Norman and Karen Power are graduates of the CT School of Dog Grooming. We groom all dogs big or small. Your dog will have their nails done, their ears cleaned, sanitary areas neatened, bathed with an appropriate shampoo for your pets skin and fur/hair type followed by a aloe conditioner. We also offer blueberry facials. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Open Tuesday-Saturday.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Show Grooming Services

Country Dog Training LLC
(860) 621-7297
1177 West St.
Southington, CT
Description
We are a state of the art dog facility. Offering a full grooming salon. Kate and Lisa have ten years experience grooming. Country Dog uses the finest shampoo's and organic shampoo's for sensitive dogs. We are located at 1177 West St. Southington, CT Off of I-84. We also offer dog training and cage free daycare!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services

Four Paws Only LLC
(860) 693-9729
Canton, CT
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Behavior Modification, Doggie Day Care, Dog Training, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Keebler's Critter Care
(860) 482-2859
Torrington, CT
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Paws Pet Resort & Spa
(203) 250-7297
312 E. Johnson Ave.
Cheshire, CT

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Amy's Pampered Pawlor LLC
(860) 793-8609
98 Whiting Street
Plainville, CT
Description
Amy lynn Gentile is the proud owner and groomer of Amy's Pampered Pawlor. She is a committed pet lover and prvides a very safe and relaxing environment catering to all your pets grooming needs wether it be a dog or cat. She offers a full service grooming salon. Amy specializes in the art of handscissoring. All breeds welome! Open Monday-Saturday by appointment only. Walk-in nail clips are welcome.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Pawsitive Touch Grooming
(860) 794-3227
30 West Beacon St #107
West Hartford, CT
Description
groomer Erica Robichaud is a passionate animal lover who comes from a long line of animal caretakers.A lifetime of experience w handling dogs. Academy trained and certified w 4 years grooming experience.Providing a safe,comfortaable grooming experience each and every time.Flexible hours Monday-Sunday.
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Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Pet Sitting Services

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Safe Twitching

Written by Melissa Cassutt

There are three basic types of restraint that can be effective during an emergency: location restraint, physical restraint and chemical restraint.  Colorado veterinarian Ruth Sorensen discusses different techniques of twitching, a form of physical restraint that can help control your horse as you address an emergency.

In part two, Sorensen explains how to properly apply three different types of hobbles. Our series on emergency restraint techniques concludes with an article on different types of location restraint, chemical restraint, and special techniques to restrain a foal, mule or donkey.
Safe Twitching

There are two areas on a horse that can be effectively and humanely twitched—the neck and the nose. Vulnerable anatomy, such as ears, joints or genitals should never be used for restraint. Besides being illegal in some states, ear twitches can cause permanent damage and may actually provoke aggression in some horses.

There are a few situations in which a twitch should not be used. These include if a horse is:

• Thrashing. To ensure the safety of the horse and the handler, a horse that is thrashing (as is often the case with a bad colic) should not be twitched or restrained with any other technique.

• Hurt in the area to be twitched. This may sound obvious, but it still deserves to be noted. Do not apply a twitch to an injured area, such as a sunburned muzzle or a shoulder suffering from a laceration.

• Acting up. Twitching should be used only in an emergency, and only to restrain a horse long enough to prevent further injury as the situation is being handled. Twitching should never be used as a form of discipline.

Nose twitches can be applied by hand or with a piece of equipment.
To apply a nose twitch by hand, grasp the “meaty” part of the upper lip under the nostrils, and while keeping a firm grip, twist your hand. As you hold this twitch, pulse your hand and gently massage the lip with your fingers.

As for twitching equipment, there are three basic types of nose twitches:

• Humane twitches. These metal clamps hinge at one end to squeeze the upper lip, and fasten at the opposite end with a snap. Though called humane twitches, Sorensen says they can end up causing injury by pinching or slipping loose.

• Rope-end twitches. These twitches are comprised of a long stick with a rope loop at one end. The loop is applied to the upper lip and twisted tight. As with the humane twitch, these can also have a problem with slipping.

• Chain-end twitches. These twitches are the same as a rope-end twitch, but instead of a rope loop, they have a chain loop, which provides more grip.

Whatever type of twitch you use, it’s important to stay active and aware when twitching a horse. If using your hands, “work the twitch” by pulsing your hands and massaging the area; if using a piece of equipment, gently and slowly roll the handle over and back, being careful not to loosen the twitch.

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